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Flu-ridden Cronk misses Storm training

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Melbourne Storm’s rise to the top of the NRL ladder has been built on stability but those foundations may be rocked with halfback options Cooper Cronk and Ben Hampton both in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Manly.


The Storm have really only suffered one serious injury in the opening seven rounds of the competition, with star fullback Billy Slater suffering a shoulder injury.

On that note Slater made a surprise appearance at training ahead of their Anzac Day clash at AAMI Park, raising hopes he may return earlier than the projected four to six weeks.

Coach Craig Bellamy said he “couldn’t imagine” Slater being available this round.

Slater may have been up and about but the Storm were forced to train on Wednesday without a halfback – Cronk ill with the flu and his first-choice replacement Hampton suffering a hamstring problem.

“He’s still not real well,” Bellamy said of Cronk.

“We expect him to play on Saturday but at this stage missing two days training is not ideal, so hopefully he will be right for Friday’s session.”

Hampton lost a pre-season tussle to Blake Green for the five-eighth jersey but has tried to fight his way back in through a strong showing in in the Storm’s feeder side.

“Ben’s been in tremendous form but he’s not training today either so we’re down on halfbacks for our training session, ” Bellamy said.

“Hopefully he will be OK if Cooper doesn’t make it.

“They tell me his hamstring soreness is nothing serious and he will be right for the weekend.”

While Manly is in last place and the Storm first, Bellamy said the Sea Eagles always rose for the challenge – proven in their two-point victory over Melbourne in round two.

“A few weeks ago they were in turmoil and we went up there and they put us to the sword,” Bellamy said.

“Any Manly team you play – we’ve had so many battles through the years – we know it’s going to be another one on Saturday night.”

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Guardiola weathers first Bayern Munich storm in style

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Never had one of his teams lost before the semi-finals in the competition but that prospect suddenly seemed real.


Damned to succeed, Guardiola repeatedly said he was aware of what he needed to deliver at the five-time European champions for whom a league and German Cup double was just not enough.

He arrived at Bayern after their 2013 treble-winning season and expectations have not been lowered since. A semi-final exit last season only heightened pressure on Guardiola to deliver another treble this time round.

But plagued by injuries in recent months and a rare internal strife after long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt quit after 38 years, saying his medical team was blamed for the loss to Porto, Bayern had a far-from-perfect preparation.

The doctor is hugely respected by Bayern players with many saying they would continue taking his advice and Guardiola suddenly in the firing line for allegedly falling out with a Bayern icon.

Failure to advance against Porto would have added to an already difficult week and would no doubt fan speculation about the coach’s future in Munich despite having a contract to 2016.

With Premier League clubs circling, a slip-up on Tuesday could prove decisive for both the club and the coach.

But the Spaniard, who won 14 titles in his four seasons at Barcelona, thrived under adverse conditions with his team playing arguably their best game this season, even without injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba.

“I felt it in the last few days that we would advance,” Guardiola said after Bayern fired five goals in 26 first-half minutes.

“This is about life or death and I know how very important it was,” he said. “I know what is expected of me in this team. It is about winning just like at Barcelona.”

Fans are now dreaming of a trophy on German soil in June’s final in Berlin and with players gradually returning from injury, Guardiola is confident Bayern will further improve.

“We can play even better,” he said in what is no doubt a warning to other title contenders. “After the loss in Porto the players were my heroes. Now it’s easy to love them.”

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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Indian veterans seek recognition

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(Transcript from World News Radio)


The role of what were then British Indian forces in the First World War has been described as an important but often overlooked contribution.



Now fresh efforts are being made to acknowledge a century-old alliance forged in battle


Karen Ashford has the story.


The shores of Gallipoli saw slouch hats shoulder to shoulder with Sikh turbans.


However, former Indian army officer Vikram Madan is wondering why there’s so little public awareness of that.


“Indian army played a very important role at Gallipoli; in fact they were the first troops to land alongside Anzacs. And why aren’t we anywhere on the scene? Why is this subject so neglected?”


For many years it has been believed that around 5,000 Indian troops served at Gallipoli, with about 1600 killed.


Military historian Peter Stanley says his recent research at the National Archives of India shows the degree of Indian involvement was higher than initially thought.


“There was just a brigade of mountain artillery which fought with the Australians and a brigade of infantry – a total of about 16,000 men including many mule drivers because the Indian forces provided all the transport for the allied troops on Gallipoli.”


Illiteracy meant few Indians were able to send letters home recording their feats, but Professor Stanley says friendships forged with Anzacs have enabled accounts of their deeds to survive.


“They formed particularly close bonds with individual Australians and perhaps the best known Australian is John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the man who went down in history as Simpson and the donkey. And he lived not with his own unit, the Third Field Ambulance, but with the Indian mule drivers of the mountain artillery, and he lived in the mule camp with them, he shared rations with them, and he left of the 19th of May to bring casualties down and of course was killed on that day.”


General Madan served with India’s Gurkha regiment for 40 years before migrating to Australia.


He’s been leading the charge to raise the profile of India’s role at Gallipoli in his home state of South Australia.


Adelaide’s Anzac Day march is arguably the most traditional in Australia – open only to Australian veterans or their direct descendants.


General Madan has been campaigning to open up the march to acknowledge other nations that fought alongside Australia in the Great War.


He says the 17 Indian veterans who are members of the state’s Indian Defence Veterans Association may not have direct ties to Gallipoli, but this shouldn’t inhibit their desire to see their nation represented.


“We are few but it all matters to us to be part of this big celebration of, I would call it a celebration of our achievement, really. But it’s a commemoration for the Anzac Day.”


The chair of South Australia’s Anzac Day Committee is the RSL’s Bill Denny.


Mr Denny says special effort has been made to preserve the integrity of Adelaide’s Anzac march compared with those elsewhere.


“It’s a balance between wanting to honour the work of these allies a hundred years ago, somehow representing them, and not compromising what’s been in place here for a hundred years. It is very difficult because the other states, their marches are more along the lines of pageants and parades – ours is very clearly a commemorative march.”


Mr Denny says the Anzac Day Committee has come up with a compromise which allows representatives of Australia’s allies to join the march for the four years of the Anzac centenary.


“There were a number of allies. Of course we had New Zealand, we had the French empire, the Indian, British Indian empire, the Russian empire, and Newfoundland and they were in fact our allies at Gallipoli. Over the years those states have changed and the current nation states are India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada representing Newfoundland, New Zealand of course, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Russia.”


The opportunity to march has delighted Indian veterans like Lieutenant Colonel Jitender Passan.


“This Anzac spirit is not only Australia and New Zealand, it’s all the allied forces, that’s what it symbolises and embodies.”


A former Lieutenant Commander with India’s submarine fleet, Akhilesh Verma, says the decision is a mark of acceptance.


“We have adopted this country as our own now so we would like to integrate with it, and marching in Anzac is one way of integrating with it and feeling for the cause.”


A pair of husband and wife medics are travelling 300 kilometres to march.


Dr Mylapanahalli Shivashankaraiah is a former Indian Army major who is now a doctor at the outback town of Port Augusta.


“So many of my patients, they are veterans and all the time they’ve been asking me as to why I’m not marching with them. And already so many of my patients they actually want to come to Adelaide because we will be marching here in Adelaide, and they want to take part with me.”


His wife, Anupama Shivashankaraiah, is a former group captain.


“We’ve been attending the Anzac marches for the last 10 years, we’ve just gone there and watched people march – this year I’ll be able to march.”


Veterans Affairs Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has applauded the RSL’s Anzac Day Committee for striking a balance.


He says it acknowledges allies for the centenary period, but preserves the integrity of the Adelaide march beyond that.


“We acknowledge the service of our Indian comrades during that campaign – I’m pleased that the RSL has also acknowledged that, and they’ll be included on Anzac Day during the march.”



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Cyclonic storm in NSW – emergency round-up

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* Three dead – Colin Webb, 79, Robin MacDonald, 68, and Brian Wilson, 72 – in Dungog flooding, Tuesday


* 2 people missing, suspected dead, after car washed away in Fishery Creek, Maitland


* Slow-moving storm cell off Hunter coast, moving south

* Gale force winds easing in Sydney, but periods of heavy rain and gusts for Illawarra

* Severe weather warning in place for Illawarra and parts of south coast

* Minor to moderate flooding continues in parts of Hunter, Sydney and Central Coast

* Stay out of flood waters, don’t attempt to drive through

* Congestion on roads, public transport delays

* Residents in parts of Milperra, southwest Sydney, ordered to evacuate


* More than 110 flood rescues

* Almost 8000 calls for assistance since Monday

* More than 205 SES teams operating in Hunter, metropolitan Sydney and Illawarra regions

* ACT, Vic, Qld emergency teams assisting


* Sydney northern – 3660 emergencies

* Hunter and Central Coast – 3815

* Sydney southern – 2242


* Power out to 205,000 Ausgrid network homes, businesses

* Affected areas are Newcastle (95,000), Hunter Central Coast (97,000) and Sydney (11,500)

* Hunter worst affected with 130,000 customers blacked out

* Extra crews being brought in from across NSW and Qld

* Could be well into weekend before backlog cleared


* Roads in many areas flooded, trees and power lines down

* Central Coast and Newcastle, Hunter, South Coast affected by flooding, buses replaces trains some sections

* Cronulla to Bundeena, Palm Beach to Ettalong and Empire Bay to Woy Woy ferries are not operating, buses replace Parramatta River ferries between Parramatta and Kissing Point Wharf

* Bus delays throughout Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle

* Sydney Airport open, but delays of up to an hour for domestic flights, some international flights diverted


* NSW government expects to declare Dungog, Maitland, parts of Central Coast natural disaster zones

* Insurance Council declares catastrophe for storm affected areas

* Losses estimated at $129 million

* More than 19,500 claims received

(Sources: SES, Ausgrid, NSW government, others)

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Works of Indigenous artist preserved in print

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(Transcript from World News Radio)


The life and works of one of Australia’s best-known Indigenous artists has been put into print, two months after her passing.



Sally Gabori’s paintings are exhibited around the world, her innate connection to country captured on canvas.


Abby Dinham reports.


Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori put onto canvas a connection with Gulf of Carpentaria country that she couldn’t explain in words.


Art collector Patrick Corrigan has a large collection of her works.


“She’s painting the clouds, she’s painting the storms, she’s painting the land on Bentinck Island where she was born and on Mornington Island where she’s lived the last 40 years.”


Her career as a contemporary artist was short.


She only began painting on canvas in her 80s.


But in the decade before her death in February this year, she gained international acclaim.


Patrick Corrigan describing her paintings as powerful and emotive.


“The first time I saw the works I was blown away, that an elderly lady with a few brushes could come up with these stunning pieces.”


Her paintings tell the story of her traditional upbringing on Bentinck Island.


She lived a traditional life, learning very little English.


Curator and art historian Djon Mundine says Mrs Gabori was of the Kaiadilt people, who were very isolated from Western influence


“They lived by fishing and collecting they lived completely naked, exposed to the elements, they had another consciousness that is what comes out here, another connection to nature.”


In the 1940s she was forbibly removed from her country.


But Patrick Corrigan says her continued connection to her country was evident in her artwork.


“Even though they’ve left that community, there is something in the DNA where the memory is there of where they were 30-40 years ago.”


Mrs Gabori’s paintings are exhibited around Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe.


People attending an exhibition of her work in Melbourne say her work is abstract, but the story she tells is clear.


“I just see such strength, I love her later work which is so abstract. They’re so determined and so direct, you feel that communication from her about her country. They’re all so beautiful.”


Djon Mundiine says Mrs Gabori was a story teller, who had a lot to tell.


“I think she had another consciousness. She lived a very full life with an enormous number of children and she lives life and that energy comes out in the paintings.”


The story of her life and her artworks now immortalised in print, in a book titled simply Gabori.



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Nun vows to atone for Qld orphanage abuse

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A senior Catholic nun who admitted to treating child abuse victims without compassion has vowed to “right the wrong of the past”, as a public hearing into a Queensland orphanage wraps up.


The public apology by Sisters of Mercy national head Berneice Loch came as it was revealed that elderly nuns from her congregation were ashamed and upset after being accused of abusing children.

Sister Loch initially reacted with scepticism when adults who had grown up at the Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton, came forward in the 1990s with claims they had been physically and sexually abused by nuns and priests.

On Wednesday she reiterated a 1997 formal apology made to former residents by the Sisters of Mercy, who ran the orphanage until it closed in 1978.

“Where we have made decisions that were wrong, where we have let down or disappointed past residents, I apologise,” Sister Loch said outside the Rockhampton court house, where a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concluded.

“We have learned much over the past 20 years and we have over the past two weeks also learned.

“I guarantee that we will continue to work as hard as possible to right the wrong of the past.”

Inside, a former senior member of the nuns’ congregation revealed that in the 1990s she had contacted up to five surviving sisters (now deceased) who had been named as perpetrators by abuse victims.

Di-Anne Rowan testified they mostly didn’t recall abusing the children, but the allegations “changed” them.

“It did affect them very deeply and they were ashamed, embarrassed, upset,” she said.

Ms Rowan said just one nun agreed to meet with her accusers because the others were anxious about not recalling the abuse, and causing further hurt.

The inquiry heard the Sisters paid out $555,000 to 75 abuse victims after selling the Neerkol property for $1.43 million.

Ms Rowan agreed it was modest compensation but said the rest of the money was put towards providing ongoing financial and other support to former residents.

Lawyers have been given 10 weeks in which to file closing written submissions before the three presiding commissioners prepare their final report on Neerkol.

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Back? I was never away, says Barca’s Iniesta

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The playmaker’s outrageous skills were on full display again on Tuesday, however, as he cut through the Paris St Germain midfield and released Neymar in front of goal to put Barca 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg.


Already leading 3-1 from last week’s first leg in Paris, Neymar’s goal, the first of a double in a 2-0 win for Barca on the night, effectively killed PSG’s chances of a comeback.

The Catalan giants eased through to the last four for the seventh time in eight seasons and a record 11th time in the Champions League era.

Iniesta’s stunning slalom in the buildup to the opening goal brought the home fans at the Nou Camp to their feet.

Receiving the ball from centre back Javier Mascherano deep in the Barca half with his back to the PSG goal, a clever feint took Iniesta past advancing midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Forward Edinson Cavani attempted to rob the ball but Iniesta simply motored past him before a burst of pace took him away from midfielder Marco Verratti’s desperate lunge.

Advancing on the retreating PSG back line, Iniesta waited until the perfect moment before threading a pass between the defenders and Neymar took the ball around PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and poked it into the empty net.

It was only a third assist of the season for Iniesta in the Champions League, while he has made none in La Liga and two in the King’s Cup as Barca chase a treble of trophies to match their historic haul from 2009 under Pep Guardiola.

“I was never away but some people see things one way and others another,” Iniesta told reporters.

“I always try to do things well,” he added. “I am very happy with the way everything is working out. I think you can always improve everything.”

Barca will learn who their opponents in the last four are in Friday’s draw, with Bayern Munich already through after they crushed Porto on Tuesday.

Holders Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid later on Wednesday with the city rivals locked at 0-0, while Italian champions Juventus have a 1-0 advantage when they play at Ligue 1 side Monaco.

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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Giants not bigger than Suns, yet: Cameron

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Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron says it’s too early in the AFL season to judge whether the Giants have advanced past rival expansion club Gold Coast Suns.


Starting the season with wins over St Kilda and Melbourne, before losing to Sydney, seventh-placed GWS are favourites for their clash with the winless Suns at Startrack Oval in Canberra on Saturday.

Cameron remains wary of the Suns, who will once again be without dual Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett as he rehabs his troublesome shoulder. “Most judges would have said at the end of last year that the Suns are way more advanced than the Giants,” Cameron said.

“So how that can actually change in the space of three games has got me miffed.”

“They’re (the Suns) a good young side. They’ve had some injuries.”

One of those injuries is the aforementioned Ablett and the lack of the man widely considered the best in the game, means Cameron can rest a little easier.

“I’m probably happy that he’s not playing this week,” Cameron said.

“He’s such a good player – he can give you nightmares.”

Sleepless nights may become more common for AFL coaches across the board if Cameron is correct in his expectation that this AFL season is more even than any in recent memory. “The season is so brutal and the competition is so even… I wouldn’t be surprised if top spot is on 15 or 16 wins and bottom spot is probably on six, seven wins.”

Cameron also said that while finals are not on his mind right now the Giants will continue to rise up the ladder and that anything is possible.

That statement is no surprise given the ominous form of some of their young midfielders thus far. Highly-rated youngsters Dylan Shiel, Adam Treloar and Lachie Whitfield have all been impressive and with the support of experienced players including co-captain Callan Ward and ex-Bulldog Ryan Griffen.

“There’s a number of our players that are on 50, 60 games now – they’re starting to get that connection,” he said.

“The more and more we play together, the progression up the ladder is obviously inevitable.

“Anything is possible. I don’t put a ceiling on our players.”

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Blackhawks win triple-overtime thriller

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Chicago won a triple overtime thriller against Nashville 3-2 on Thursday to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead in their NHL first-round playoff series.


Calgary also went up 3-1 in its all-Canadian series against Vancouver, Washington squared its series against the New York Islanders at 2-2 with an overtime victory, and Detroit went up 2-1 against Tampa Bay.

Chicago’s Brent Seabrook scored on a booming slap shot one minute into the third overtime to finally settle the marathon contest.

Seabrook’s long drive beat screened Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on the 100th shot of the game.

Rookie goalie Scott Darling made 50 saves for the Blackhawks, who can close out the Predators with a win in Nashville on Thursday.

Colin Wilson and James Neal scored for Nashville, which carried a 2-1 lead into the third period. Rinne finished with 45 stops.

The first overtime featured a memorable duel between Rinne, who found some of the magic he had during Nashville’s strong start to the season, and Darling, who was making his second career postseason start.

Calgary’s Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist as the Flames beat Vancouver 3-1.

Johnny Gaudreau scored his first playoff goal and 18-year-old rookie Sam Bennett had his second in as many games.

Dennis Wideman had a pair of assists for the Flames, who split the first two games of the series in Vancouver before back-to-back wins at home.

Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 28 saves during the win.

Captain Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks. Starter Eddie Lack was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in the first period. Ryan Miller turned away the 15 he faced in relief.

The Flames head to Vancouver with the chance to win the series in Thursday’s Game Five and move past the first round for the first time since 2004.

Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom scored 11:09 into overtime to lift the Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.

Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout, helping the Red Wings defeat Tampa Bay 3-0.

Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit.

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ARU eases Wallabies eligibility rules

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Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock suspects Michael Cheika is already hunting down Matt Giteau and George Smith for a spectacular Test comeback at this year’s Rugby World Cup.


Giteau, Smith and winger Drew Mitchell can all return to play for the Wallabies after the ARU on Wednesday announced a stunning backflip on its eligibility rules.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver revealed the change to allow an elite few, much-capped players based offshore to be selected for Australia – immediately.

Until granting Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley its first-ever “flexible contract” last week, the ARU had refused to entertain the possibility of overseas-based players being selected for Tests.

But those who have earned 60 Test caps and held a contract with Australian rugby for at least seven years can now be picked.

Giteau, the reigning European player of the year, welcomed the “massive news” with an early-morning tweet from Toulon.

The 32-year-old’s Heineken Cup-winning teammate Mitchell and champion flanker Smith, currently also in France at Lyon, are the other two big winners from the dramatic shift in policy.

Looking beyond the World Cup, a swag of other stars heading overseas, including Wallabies vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper plus Will Genia and 2011 World Cup skipper James Horwill, will be available for selection if they play at least two more Tests this year.

Despite calling France home for the past four years, Giteau retains a burning desire to play in the World Cup after being bitterly disappointed to have been controversially overlooked by former coach Robbie Deans for the 2011 global showpiece.

Only on Monday, the 92-Test playmaker told The Times in London the ARU needed to change the rules and he’d cherish a return to the Wallabies.

“I miss the big games, the big atmospheres, but the rules are there for a reason,” Giteau said.

“They need changing, but if it was something the coaches were interested in, then I’d love to play for my country again.”

The policy change was approved by the ARU board and endorsed by the Australian Super Rugby franchise CEOs and the Players’ Association this week.

“It’s a decision that recognises the changing dynamics of a global rugby market for professional players,” Pulver said.

“Combined with our other recruitment and retention strategies, we feel this decision allows the ARU to assert more influence over player movement and contracting in Australia and abroad.

“The policy also encourages those players who have not yet reached that point to commit exclusively to Australian rugby in the prime of their career.

“In this way, we believe the policy supports Super Rugby by encouraging our top players to remain in Australia for longer.”

Under the revised ARU policy, players returning to Australia from overseas who make a two-year commitment to an Australian Super Rugby Club will also be eligible to represent the Wallabies immediately upon their return.

Pulver said the ARU believed having the option to select overseas-based players to represent the Wallabies would encourage the repatriation of Australians currently playing in foreign competitions.

Mortlock welcomed the “fantastic news”, saying the likes of Giteau and Smith would be welcome additions if Cheika wanted them back in the fold.

“Often when you look at a World Cup campaign, you need leaders to be the ones who can stand up under the pressure of the big matches that matter,” he told AAP.

Australia’s 2007 World Cup captain, Mortlock described Smith as the best player he’d played with.

“He was a freak,” he said.

“I don’t know what his position is, but the reality is the last time he played for the Wallabies (against the British and Irish Lions in 2013), he was more than up to it.

“So he actually has more recent experience playing for the Wallabies (than Giteau).”

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